If you want to relive the shaky movies of Christmas past, get yourself the VHS Camcorder for Android and iPhone.
Why would you want to? Well, nostalgia for the main part, but also because this is a lot of fun to play with too.
The idea is simple. This is an app for Android devices, as well as iPhones and iPads, which replicates the image ‘quality’ of the camcorders your family might have invested heavily in back in the 1980s.
At the time, those huge boxes were expensive, but they did allow all of us to do a ’Spielberg’ and create our own mini masterpieces. Well, films of fighting children, grandparents holding their favourite tipple, the Christmas dinner and the odd bit of cracker pulling. Movies that looked a little pointless a week down the line, but are now looked back on with fondness and nostalgia. If you can play the tapes, of course.
This app recreates that era, but without the bulk of the camera and without the need for films. Everything is packed into your smartphone or tablet.
The end result is films of your generation that look just like the films of the past generation, right down to the flashing titles and the on-screen date, which can be tweaked to any date you like.
There’s also a cheesy zoom lens, some built-in effects that mimic the unintentional faults that were a trademark of old video recording, dodgy sound and much more.
All of that with some modern-day upgrades, such as the option of widescreen, storage on your camera roll, easy sharing, a choice of frame rate and HD recording for more recent iPhones. So much more too. Have a look at the app store page for the full breakdown or just download it for your device.
Sadly it isn’t free to do that, but at £3.99 (iOS) or £2.99 (Android), it doesn’t break the bank either.